Stuart Lawson

Doctoral Researcher
Doctoral researcher at Birkbeck, University of London studying the politics of open access. Previously worked as a Research Analyst at Jisc and obtained an MA Information Studies from the University of Brighton. Research interests include scholarly communication, open access, library publishing, Wikipedia, and the politics of openness.


  • Lawson, S. 2017. Access, ethics, and piracy. Insights, 30(1) [forthcoming]. Preprint at:
  • Lawson, S. 2016. Report on offset agreements: evaluating current Jisc Collections deals. Year 1 – evaluating 2015 deals. DOI:
  • Lawson, S., Gray, J., and Mauri, M. 2016. Opening the black box of scholarly communication funding: A public data infrastructure for financial flows in academic publishing. Open Library of Humanities, 2(1). DOI:
  • Lawson, S. 2015. Article processing charges paid by 25 UK universities in 2014. Journal of Open Humanities Data, 1. DOI:
  • Lawson, S. 2015. Fee waivers for open access journals. Publications, 3(3). DOI:
  • Lawson, S., Sanders, K. and Smith, L. 2015. Commodification of the information profession: A critique of Higher Education under neoliberalism. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 3(1). DOI: 10.7710/2162-3309.1182
  • Lawson, S. 2015. ‘Total cost of ownership’ of scholarly communication: managing subscription and APC payments together. Learned Publishing, 28(1), pp.9-13. DOI:
  • Lawson, S. and Meghreblian, B. 2014. Journal subscription expenditure of UK higher education institutions [v3; ref status: indexed,] F1000Research 2014, 3:274. DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.5706.3
  • Lawson, S. 2014. Freedom of Information requests uncover the lack of transparency in journal subscription costs. LSE Impact Blog, 15 October 2014. Available at:
  • Lawson, S. 2014. Putting theory into practice. UKSG eNews, 323, 13 June 2014. DOI:
  • Lawson, S. 2013. Library publishing services: An investigation into open access publishing in academic libraries. MA Dissertation. University of Brighton. DOI:
  • Dutta, G., Lawson, S. et al. 2012. UKSG Annual Conference 2012: The diaries of the sponsored students. Insights, 25(2), pp.163-172. DOI:
  • Lawson, S. 2011. Some lessons for e-books from the music world. CILIP Update, April 2011, p.33. DOI:

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